The Art Gallery wall at First Unitarian displays 2-dimensional artwork by local artists for one month. You can view the art gallery when the church office is open (Tuesday – Friday, 1pm – 5pm), or on Sunday mornings during and following church services. One Sunday each month, the artist is present between Sunday services to meet with others to speak about their work. In addition, some artists may choose to hold a separate  reception for their artwork.

Current Artist

October 2018: Paul Bridgford

During summers spent with his paternal grandparents on the Cedar River in Moscow, Iowa, Paul Bridgford felt called to the natural world around him.  He began his wildlife art career while stationed with the US Air Force in Idaho.  The birds of prey he painted in those mountains developed his sense of realism and detail.

He became the first and only person in the history of the Iowa stamp contests to win all three Iowa contests, winning the Duck, Trout and Habitat contests in 1983.  And in 1986, he repeated winning all three contests again.  Since that date, he has not entered the Iowa contest.

Since his first wins in 1980, Paul has won 14 stamp competitions in seven states and finished second in the Federal Duck stamp competition in 1985 and 2013.

After a 40-year career as an advertising art director for some of Iowa’s largest agricultural and financial companies, Paul has retired to full-time painting.  In 2018, he won the waterfowl stamp competitions in Oklahoma, Maryland and Michigan.

He has finished in the top 10 in twenty-one of the thirty-three times he has entered the Federal, finishing second in the 1985 and 2013 contests, tying for seventh in the 2018 contest this fall.

Paul’s kids – Clare and Grant – are now grown and gone. Susan still works full-time and is glad Paul is happily occupied with his art again.

Upcoming Shows

November 2018:  Meg Prange, fabric art
December 2018:  Martha McCormick, multi-media
January 2019:  TBD
February 2019:  TBD
March 2019:  Kathy Svec, collages
April 2019:  Justin Young
May 2019:  Coming of Age youth

How to Apply

If you would like to show your artwork on the Art Gallery wall at First Unitarian, please submit the completed forms below. If you have any questions, you may contact Linda Mathews at

Art Gallery Policy

Artist Instructions & Application Form

Photo Gallery of our Art Gallery!